Meet Whistler’s father


whistlersfatherCirca1857Dear old dad’s been stuck in the basement of the Smithsonian in Washington while the mother enjoys the high life in Paris.

The portrait of George Washington Whistler isn’t well known because it  wasn’t painted by his son, James Abbott McNeill, whose Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 captured the public’s imagination.

But the art probably got talent from Dad,  a draftsman and engineer who died in Russia in 1849 while overseeing the building of the Moscow-St. Petersburg railway.

Read more at the Smithsonian.